The run up to the July 3 election, marred by reports of violence from different parts of the country, has become a cause of concern for everyone. There have been several reports of violence from Samut Prakan under Phra Pradaeng district as well as from other provinces. The stabbing death of a
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) will deploy its staff to observe the upcoming general election in Thailand in the hope that the election will normalize Thai politics and reinforce democracy.
The Asian Network for Free Elections will begin its monitoring of Thailand's general election Tuesday, with vote-buying and political violence among its top concerns. The poll watcher urged Thai citizens to report any unusual circumstances in their localities, while the media, the Election Commission of Thailand and political parties contesting the poll
VOTE-BUYING is a concern in Thailand's upcoming national election, an international monitoring group that will be observing the polls said on Monday. The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) is deploying about 60 observers nationwide for the July 3 vote, the first since Thailand's deadliest political unrest in decades last year.
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) announced Monday it would dispatch 60 volunteers from 24 countries to 77 provinces monitor the situation ahead of the July 3 election. ANFREL director Somsri Harnananthasuk told a press conference that the first group of ANFREL observers would go out to provinces on Tuesday. Later
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) will begin deploying a team of election observers from countries across Asia and beyond. At a press conference held at 2:00pm on the 6th, ANFREL’s team explained the structure and methodology of its observation effort and detailed the areas where ANFREL had concerns about the
6 Jan 2001 Thaksin Shinawatra and his Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party win general elections on a populist platform of economic growth and development. He wins control of 296 of 500 seats in the House of Representatives. Jan 2004 Muslim radicals launch an insurgency in the southern provinces. Thaksin responds with a
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) has expressed its profound disappointment in the conduct of Myanmar’s 2010 Parliamentary & Regional Assembly Elections. After missing a chance to hold truly free and fair elections, ANFREL hopes that Myanmar’s military junta and the new parliament, once formed, take this post-election period as an opportunity to institute
The most controversial election in ASEAN region has been ended. But, vote counting process is still going on. The poll results are still in the pipe line. nonetheless, the public eye returns to Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent 15 of the past 21 years under arrest but is due to be freed
ANFREL Calls for the Myanmar UEC and SPDC to Clarify and Seriously Investigate Advance Voting Activities and Counting Process Irregularities
The Asian Network For Free Elections (ANFREL-Foundation) calls attention to an important point from November 7th & 8th‘s counting activities that requires the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and the Union Election Commission (UEC) of Myanmar to urgently clarify why the counting process was not made transparent to the public and the media beginning with
The Asian Network for Free Elections(ANFREL) was established in 1997 as Asia’s first regional network of civil society organizations. Its director, Somsri Hananuntasuk, has just returned from Afghanistan where the group was allowed to freely monitor the polls, interview candidates and hold press conferences. It’s a world away from Burma, she tells DVB, where
Since the news about the fake voter cards made a headlines, ANFREL is taking this opportunity to request all election stakeholders to exercise a thorough observation since Election Day is just 48 hour away. ANFREL concern is how this finding (see photo) can be detected and how it will tarnish the credibility
KABUL - The Asian Network for Free Elections comprising of 30 citizen observers from 11 countries across Asia, congratulate the people of Afghanistan for their participation in the Wolesi Jirga Election.The September 18th election is another milestone towards strengthening democracy and respect the rule of law. The statement covers the pre election
KABUL - Strong and resourceful candidates, expropriating government assets and machinery, attempted to influence Saturday's Wolesi Jirga elections, an observer group alleged on Wednesday. Threats, violence and money were widely acknowledged as an effective strategy to win the electoral battle, preventing many candidates from contest the polls freely, said the Asian Network
View Full Report (PDF) The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Foundation which is a leading regional election network of civil society organisations was set up in 1997 to promote the process of democratisation and democratic consolidation through elections in Asia and also in other parts of the world. The Foundation has
View Full Report (PDF) The first automated elections in The Philippines will go down in the history of electoral politics as one of the most important phases in recent times. The elections were held after over a decade of experimentation and planning. Though there has been loads of skepticism about the use
View Full Report (PDF) The essence of democratization agenda in Indonesia is mandated for a power transforms on the parliamentary and presidential position through direct elections system held every 5 years. A unique diversity nation wide of ethnicities, languages and religions spreads out of thousands island within the country. Making it a
View Full Report (PDF) The April 9 2009 polls marked another important chapter in the annals of Indonesia’s long and an undeniably attention-grabbing history. The elections were held in the face of growing criticisms regarding mismanagement by the National Election Commission (KPU), though the process was by and large peaceful and smooth. The glitches notwithstanding,
View Full Report (PDF) ANFREL's mission to observe the 9th Parliamentary Elections to the (Jatiyo Sangsad) in Bengali or (House of the Nation) in English took place from 21 November 2008 to 6 January 2009. A total of 74 international observers from 18 countries were deployed to the six divisions of Bangladesh.
View Full Report (PDF) The Permatang Pauh bi-election was called by the Election Commission or Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) to seek a replacement for the Dewan Rakyat seat after a female MP, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, resigned from her post. She declared her resignation on July 31st, 2008 to give a way
View Full Report (PDF) The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) used automated election systems during the recent election of a Regional Governor, Vice Regional Governor and Assemblyman for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). COMELEC is authorized to use automated election systems, whether paper based or direct recording electronic systems, by the Republic Act No.
View Full Report (PDF) ANFREL's mission to observe the elections to Cambodia's National Assembly on 27th July 2008 took place from the 18th - 30th July 2008. A total of eleven international observers from eight countries were deployed to eight Cambodian provinces to monitor the pre-election environment and Election Day. The mission
View Full Report (PDF) ANFREL deployed a total of 100 election observers for Nepal's Constituent Assembly elections - 20 long-term observers who observed the pre-election environment, election day, and the post-election process, and a further 80 short-term observers who focused on election day. The mission was the largest ANFREL has ever organised,
ANFREL warmly congratulates the people of Taiwan and all the institutions involved in this recent political exercise. We commend the peaceful process, the high degree of professionalism in the conduct of the elections, and the good security atmosphere, before, during, and after the elections. The high turnout of voters in this election,
View Full Report (PDF) The election to Thailand's House of Representatives on 23 December 2007 was a landmark in many ways. After nearly 16 months of military rule, it restored democratic rule to the country. It was the first election held under a new Constitution which brought in widespread changes to the
View Full Report (PDF) We should not have very high expectations that elections in Timor Leste's post conflict situation will be simple or be conducted smoothly. A tiny beautiful country with less than one million population struggled to organize elections for the first time and in the process many lessons were learnt
View Full Report (PDF) The election in the Philippines has been generally noted with high rates of voter's turnout despite the obstacles of transportation and sometimes the threat of violence. Elections are very much enjoyed and expected by the Philippines people who strongly exercise their right to vote. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is currently
View Full Report (PDF) The tsunami was a tragedy for the people of Aceh. The magnitude of the loss of life has left the people with great grief. It also brought an unexpected end to the violence and a crucial change within Aceh. The international community's support is now very much needed
View Full Report (PDF) ANFREL's second and equally important mission in Afghanistan during the National Assembly and Provincial Council Elections in 2005 was an eye opener to observe the process of former warlords, mujahedin and ordinary citizens running for office. The presence of ANFREL's 26 observers (Long-Term Observers and Short-Term Observers) in